A stunning and high-quality example of a large calcite ammonite fossil of the species Leptosphinctes sp. from a temporary inland site near Loders, close to the Jurassic Coast of Dorset in the UK.
The whole fossil measures 240 mm (9.45 inches) tall, with the prepared ammonite measuring 210 mm (8.26 inches), which is large for this type of ammonite. It is very well preserved in crystalline calcite, and has been prepared out of the rock to reveal one side of the shell. The ribs are very finely defined, and the buff yellow colour is beautiful. The rock matrix has a cut-flat base to allow it to stand freely for display. A great example of the species and impressive in the flesh. The fossil weighs 3.94 kg. These large and impressive fossils make great interior design pieces and are a great centrepiece and conversation starter. Many hours of preparation have gone into making this ammonite look its best for display. This one came from a temporary exposure inland that has now been filled back in, meaning more are unlikely to be found here.
Around 168 million years old (Bajocian, Middle Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.